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Magnus Carlsen retains the Title!

Added on 12.03.2016

The World Championship match has been labeled as boring, uneventful, played by two computers-era guys who know way too much their preparation, and a lot of other derogatory names. People got upset when in game 12, with the players still tied, they decided to go for a 40-minute draw, without even trying to make it less obvious. The match actually was not boring at all. There has been a precise theme through almost every game: Magnus - the stronger player - trying to attack Karjakin or, at least,...Full Story

live events on icctv December 2016 calendar

Added on 12.01.2016

          "Here is the December 2016 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM John Fedorowicz   12/02 Friday 4PM CM Tryfon Gavriel Let's Crush the Kings! 12/03 Saturday 2PM GM John Fedorowicz SimulMaster! Simul against 20 players 12/05 Monday 4PM IM Christof Sielecki An hour of Chess... explained!...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Tiebreaks

Added on 11.30.2016

At last the Russian hero broke down under pressure. Magnus Carlsen, with a brilliant play in games 3 and 4 of the Rapid playoffs, retains the World Championship Title in New York City.  The whole match had been almost thematic: Carlsen trying to break down Karjakin's resistance, and the Russian playing an amazing defensive chess, keeping the Champion at bay. After 12 games the two foes were tied 6/6, and today, after the first uneventful draw in the Rapid playoffs, the trend seemed to...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 12

Added on 11.28.2016

It's hard to say anything about today's game. Of course, we could say that the players are tense, tired, under unbelievable pressure, and neither wanted to risk anything in the last game. A loss today would have been the end of it. Yet, 40 minutes of games for a dull draw is a bit too much. anyway, the two warriors decided that the World Championship Match will be decided on Wednesday, when they will sit in front of each other for the last time in this match, to play rapid and blitz. Namely, it...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 11

Added on 11.26.2016

Game 11 was a relatively short and not very complicated game. Well, at least if compared with Game 10! People wonder who is this draw going to favor. Is Carlsen trying to win the last game, that he's playing with White? Or does he feel that he can draw pretty easily with white, and then get into Rapid/Blitz, where in theory he's much better than the challenger? We will probably never know the answers. One this is for sure: this match, that many of us had labeled as boring, turned out to be very...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 10

Added on 11.24.2016

There are two things that come to mind after the dramatic fight that led Carlsen to win today's game: first off, if Carlsen will be the victor of the match, Karjakin will be haunted by games 9 and 10 for a very long time; in game 9 the Russian former prodigy had a real chance to close the match, and he missed it, allowing the World Champion to hold the draw; today, at move 10, Karjakin had a pristine chance to draw the game by repetition, but he chose to play on and try to win the game. Almost...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 9

Added on 11.23.2016

What a thrill! As expected, after Karjakin's win in game 8, today's game was a very tense and interesting feat, but the only player who pushed for a win was again Karjakin. the Russian, in another Ruy Lopez, this time the so-called Arcangel variation, was able to put the Champion under pressure and, in more than an occasion, he seemed on the verge of winning his second game in this match. Post-mortem analysis shows that actually Karajan didn't have any easy way to win this game, but for sure...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 8

Added on 11.21.2016

After 8 rather uneventful games, today all that can happen in a chess game did indeed happen. The two players got in severe time trouble at move 30, and the blunder fest started. Carlsen blundered first, with a perfectly good blitz move - 35 c5 - that turned out to be not so good in this case and put the World Champion in danger. But Karjakin gave back all his advantage in a couple of moves: after 36 … Nc5, 37 Qd6 the Russian, with less than two minutes on his clock, went with 37 … Qd3 instead...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 7

Added on 11.20.2016

The Champion himself admitted that in the last two games there was not much going on, but probably it's good for him, who now has gone through the two White played by his opponent. Today it looked like Carlsen was only trying to get a quick draw, avoiding any only vaguely sharp move to set up a stimulating position. Karjakin, on the other hand, should be quite happy with how the match is going, so far. He was given by nearly everyone as the punching ball, and now the Russian is keeping his much...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 6

Added on 11.18.2016

Half the games gone, and the score is perfectly equal:3.0-3.0 with 6 draws. The World championship Match is now being played over 6 games, and Karjakin starts with white. Today the amazing preparation that the two players have been showing so far was even more evident. They didn't even analyze the games after it ended: it was all pretty much forced. The fans are getting a bit restless, but we should not forget that so many matches for the crown have gone on and on with draw after draw, to then...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 5

Added on 11.17.2016

Fifth draw, but for the first time, Magnus Carlsen had to defend against the Challenger, Sergey Karjakin. Another 5+ hour battle, that opened with the Giuoco Piano, one of the most difficult openings to be spelled by everyone! It's not an opening seen very often at the top level, but it's got its share of fashionable opportunities for both colors. The game was very tense with both players trying to keep the balance intact. Carlsen had to live a very worrying moment, when Karjakin found all the...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 4

Added on 11.15.2016

Another epic battle in Game 4 between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Sergey Karjakin. The roles seem to be clear now after two games lasted total almost 15 hours: Carlsen is the Great Attacker, and his foe is the Great Defender. In a Ruy Lopez, Magnus with Black equalized very easily, with Karjakin surprisingly playing a bit too timidly. Magnus got the up hand without apparent effort, but then all the greatness of Karjakin's defensive skills came out, and despite trying really...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 3

Added on 11.14.2016

After two "quiet" draws, the World Championship Match has exploded into a rollercoaster! Almost seven hours of a fierce battle between the two foes, with Carlsen pushing hard to win, and Karjakin showing all his legendary prowess at defending. The game has been a long struggle. Carlsen started playing a rare variation of the Ruy Lopez, with 10.Re2 instead of the canonic 10.Re1. this move pushed Karjakin into deep thinking, but then the Russian chess wizard resolved all the issues, balancing the...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 2

Added on 11.12.2016

Second draw in a row today. A Ruy Lopez, closed variation, with some interesting moments, but overall a "quiet" game. The two contenders are studying each other, trying to find a weakness in each other's preparation. So far Carlsen and Karjakin have been very careful and, giving the importance of what's at stake, it is quite normal. your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard Here is a 5-minute preview of Gm Smerdon's analysis of the...Full Story

FIDE WC Match 2016 - Game 1

Added on 11.12.2016

The World Championship Match started, and every single chess lover has finally had the chance to enjoy this much-awaited event. The first game was a draw, as many expected it to be. The two chess giants are for sure very well prepared, and it will not be easy to see huge mistakes happening in these 12 games.   your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard We all know Magnus Carlsen, and his strength in apparently drawn position, but Sergey...Full Story

World Championship Match 2016

Added on 11.10.2016

The World Chess Championship Match is here! The two foes, reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and the Challengers, Sergey Karjakin of Russia plays to decide who will be the next Chess World Champion. Carlsen starts as the favorite, but Karjakin is known to be a very strong defendant. We might be going to watch long struggles, that will attract the attention of millions of fans all around the Globe. New in Chess, the best chess magazine you can find out there, sponsors ICC's Game Of the...Full Story

11th Transatlantic Cup

Added on 11.01.2016

The eleventh international match between The University of Texas at Dallas in the United States and the University of Belgrade in Serbia takes place Friday, 4th November 2016. This match represents the merging of modern technology, ancient strategies, diverse cultural heritages, and the meeting of some of the finest young academic chess-minds of their generation. This is the first part of the lineup: The 16-board match, featuring many young masters, has become a tradition here on ICC, and...Full Story

live events on icctv November 2016 calendar

Added on 10.31.2016

          "Here is the November 2016 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM David Smerdon   11/01 Tuesday 6PM IM John Watson Ask the Master! 11/02 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja" Milanovic LIVE Simul vs. 20 players 11/04 Friday 4PM CM Tryfon Gavriel Let's Crush the Kings! 11/05 Saturday 2PM IM...Full Story

World Championship Match 2016

Added on 10.26.2016

It's coming! Set your alarm! In a little more than two weeks - November the 11th - the most awaited chess event of the year will get going in New York City, at the iconic Fulton Market Building - Seaport District in Manhattan. Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin will line up their armies in a 12-game battle, in the youngest Championship Match ever. Both players were born in 1990, Magnus in Norway and Sergey in Ukraine.  Karjakin is now representing Russia; this breaks a 9-year fast for the...Full Story

GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap!

Added on 10.08.2016

Sometimes it takes courage to change. GM Joel Benjamin, one of the finest analysts of the game, has been the protagonist of ICC's Fridays for 435 weeks, with his acclaimed show "Game Of the Week". In the last nine years, ICC has published Joel's weekly show, taking its members to a journey through modern chess history. We've witnessed the rise of talents such as Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura,Nepomniachtchi, Giri, So, Aronian, and many others. Joel, with his tributes,  has accompanied to their...Full Story

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